Gov. Cuomo’s proposes regulating and taxing vapor products used in electronic cigarettes in Executive Budget
Statement from Southern Tier Tobacco Awareness Coalition:
Friday, January 20, 2017
As outlined in his newly released Executive Budget, Governor Cuomo proposes regulating vapor products used in electronic cigarettes in the same manner as combustible tobacco products and including these products under the Clean Indoor Air Act. i This proposal, along with plans to tax the sale of these products, align with the U.S. Surgeon General’s recent policy recommendations around vapor products in his report, “E-Cigarette Use Among Youth and Young Adults.”ii
The U.S. Surgeon General deems electronic cigarette use a public health priority and urges action to protect youth and adults from the dangers of nicotine exposure and the cancer-causing agents in e-cigarette emissions. E-cigarette use more than doubled from 2013 to 2014 among young adults 18-24 years of age nationwide.ii And, in 2014, more than half of young adult smokers in New York State used electronic nicotine delivery systems (electronic cigarettes).iii
This will make New York one of a dozen states and territories that restrict vapor products used in e-cigarettes in smoke-free venues to protect the public from nicotine exposure and the cancer-causing agents in e-cigarette emissions.
i FY 2018 New York State Executive Budget Revenue Article VII Legislation Memorandum in Support, p. 33-35. Accessed 1/18/17 https://www.budget.ny.gov/pubs/executive/eBudget1718/fy18artVIIbills/REVENUE_ArticleVII_MS.pdfii Press Release 12/8/16: Surgeon General Reports Youth and Young Adult Use Poses a Public Health Threat. Accessed 1/18/17 https://www.hhs.gov/about/news/2016/12/08/surgeon-general-reports-youth-and-young-adult-e-cigarette-use-poses-public-health-threat.htmliii Prevalence of Cigarette Smoking, Use of Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems and Dual Use by Youth, Young Adults and Adults in NYS, 2014.